Nov 29, 2017
The Challenge From North Korea

The Challenge From North Korea

A nuclear-armed North Korea is a threat to the fragile strategic equilibrium on the Korean Peninsula and to international security at large. Emboldened by a nuclear arsenal, the highly militarized regime of President Kim Jong-un could be tempted to embark on aggressive acts. Meanwhile, the United States could opt for preventive military action.

The authors thank Mark Fitzpatrick, Oliver Meier, and Artur Kacprzyk for comments that greatly improved this working paper.

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